Monday, August 9, 2010


ok this was just to GOOD to not post!!!! I made this delicious meal for my beau!

Broccoli, baked potato with butter cheese bacon and sour cream, and chicken fried steak with perfect gravy!!!! I have tried to make gravy soooo many times and failed misserably!! He of coarse still eats it because thats what nice people do I gues.. I didnt eat it haha! A friend of mine has showed me a couple of times how to do it now and this last time it must have stuck! I got it! perfection! Perfect flavor, perfect thickness and runniness!!!! I was so proud of myself I just had to share!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

and so it begins

I know I had mentioned a while back I would share with you my experiences sewing through my Dear Jane BOM. Well Ive started a second blog, all about me and my mother working on our blocks. Hopefully this will help me to be able to keep up with this blog better, we shall see! Its definatly been inspiring to me so far... and Ive only just begun ;)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

uber cute! super easy!

see what I mean?! yeah it took me less then an hour to do this!!! Ive got fabric to make two more! I actually finished the second one but measured wrong so Im gonna cut it up the sides and fix it :) I love easy fun project and this is definatly motivating me to get started on all those quilts I bet my dad I could finish!

Friday, July 9, 2010

ladies and gentlemen place your bets!

so I was at my weekly sit and sew with some of favorite quilting friends on wednesday. this week we met up at my moms house. after all the ladies had left and my dad got home from his dinner out (he didnt want to be in a house full of women sewing) he asked me how many unfinished quilts I had.... I said "well I have {insert long pause here} a lot?" and grinned. he asked how many is a lot? I said " well... I dont really know I guess Ive only finished one completely but I have a few that are close." he then challenged me! yes we are in a competition! he said he would make me a quilting rack that will hold 5 quilts but the only stipulation is I have to be finished with at least 5 quilts to hang on it by the time he is done building it.... can this be done?! I mean really?? Im gonna have to get my sew on! He's making it out of wood which I know I could do in a day so Im gonna have to give him some really intricate design so it will take him a little time ;)

on a side note I have finished other projects I make my sisters christmas gifts every year and he knows this he just likes to give me a hard time... and my mom has gotten more done lately then I have. but in my defense she has the summer off!

~ candace

Monday, June 28, 2010

thoughts about Dear Jane...

I know I have yet to start.. I signed up for this BOM back in December (it was my birthday present to myself) and have been receiving my blocks since january. My mom signed up aswell! (her birthday is the day aftermine) Neither one of us has started but we are talking about escaping for a week to really knuckle down and get some done. Anywho, I dont know if any of you have been to but I stumbled across it today and well Ive read everything there is to read on this site. Im really excited because I think this will help me exponentially once I finally get started. It gives a lot of suggestions like keep a journal! I keep a regular journal anyways so a quilting journal will just be that much more fun! Ive also been thinking about doing two at once... so I can do the normal colored dear jane and then a fun funky one as a side project as I go! I know crazy thought right? but I figured as Im doing one already how much harder could it be to do two? PLUS I could practice with the funky colors so that my normal one will look that much better right!? I know I know Im nuts.. Im gonna give it more thought and mroe then likely start out doing two and give up on one ;) we will see Ill keep you posted!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

ok ok ok ok I know its been a LONG time....

I apologize... life has just been crazy! (Im dating a new boy) and I seem to have no time for my projects... so here is a post to get y'all up to date!

In December we did a stocking block swap!!! the pattern was by the Crazy Old Ladies!!

dont you just love the colors I used?! when I get all my swapped blocks sewn together I will post it!!

Do you remember those french roses I showed you from my first block swap? well I took them and removed a layer of the flower.. and took the leaves away layered yellow and sagey green 30s fabrics and made a baby quilt!

I used a super soft red corduroy for the backing and the binding! The nursery colors were a pale yellow, sage green and of coarse bright red. All lady bugs and dragon flies!! This is the first quilt I have actually finished start to finish, binding and all!!!

in February I did a valentines block swap with my mom at Happiness Is... Quilting!

this one was my favorite I love polka dots!!!!

and I love the swirls in this one I think the fabrics go beautifully together!

the red in this one was scraps of red corduroy that I was obsessed with for a while! it was soooo soft (you will see it in the leaves in my french roses post)

currently I am working on getting all my block swap blocks sewn together.. I have 3 so far to do! Finally getting around to quilting my turning 20 quilt. Also my best friend got married last month and instead of using a guest book her guests signed fabric squares and Im making a quilt out of them!!! Isnt that idea greatness?! sadly I can not take credit for it she came to me and asked what I thought and if I would do this for her. It is my goal to have it finished by the end of summer (end of august) wish me luck!

I know I told you I would be taking you along with me on my Dear Jane journey... and I will... when I start! My mom and I are planning an escape week to go to their lake house and work on it together! Im hoping once we get started we will keep each other motivated to keep going! Ill keep you posted! and I promise it wont be so long before I post again!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

funk be gone!

Someone told me to switch projects.. put my machine away and do something different... so here is what I did.

I had this old stool that I had taken from my parents house and I painted it! It was so much fun I really enjoy painting I usually end up covered in it but its fun! I immediatly called my mom and told her I was going to take the rest of the stools from the garage so I can have a set.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Do you ever have those days where you just cant find anything that inspires you... I have been in that FUNK for about a month now! I dont know what my deal is... My mom is cranking out projects left and right and here I am... I seriously sat and just stared at my machine for an hour the other day... yeah I have projects laid out to work on and believe you me I have a ton to do and choose from but I just couldnt get inspired. I am working on a quilt for my sister she turns 21 this month and I can not get it finished.. so it just sits there... Does anyone else have this problem?! How do you get out of it?! HELP!


Monday, February 15, 2010

Dear Jane....

Thats right! I have signed up for a 2 year Dear Jane BOM! To say Im excited is an understatement. My mom is going to be taking this journey with me... I got my first two months last week so I am going to start on it this week! My goal is two blocks and yes I will post them when Ive completed them.. I know I havent been on much lately and I apologize for that.. life has just been a little bit crazy as of late! I figure if I post about my Dear Jane adventures it will help keep me motivated to get this thing done and doing the Dear Jane will motivate me to blog! Im sure you will want to know all about my accomplishments and meltdowns :)

~ Candace

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Shout out to my mom!

my mom started a blog today! shed been thinking about doing it for a while to share her ideas that she uses in her preschool class. I of coarse told her about my blog and what a great idea it would be for her to have one and the rest is history! Yall go and check it out!

sorry nothing to post on my progress on anything today.. :( I have picutres I just have yet to get it all on my computer to share with you. but soon very soon